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Youth attitudes towards agricultural careers in South Africa

Author(s): Metelerkamp, L., Biggs, R. and Drimie, S.
Link to CST author(s): Prof Scott Drimie, Dr Luke Metelerkamp, Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs
Publication: CST Research insights
Year: 2019
Full reference: Metelerkamp, L., Biggs, R. and Drimie, S. 2019. Youth attitudes towards agricultural careers in South Africa. Centre for Complex Systems in Transition.
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Summary

Increasing youth participation in sustainable food systems is essential if the Sustainable Development Goals on poverty, hunger and decent work are to be met in South Africa. Research suggests that in spite of strong negative stigmas and weak support, many young people do want to farm. However, aspirant farmers tend to feel trapped by th options available to them in the current food system.